Theories Of Grief And Loss

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Outcome 1 Theories of Grief and Loss Greif and loss is experienced by everyone from all cultures. Grief is when individuals process the loss of a valuable friend, family member or someone they know. Greif can be from someone crying to celebrating the life of an individual. Loss can happen through terminal illness, loss of relationships or the death of a human or animal. One theory is by Kubler-Ross she identified five stages of grief which are Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Individuals can spend different amounts of time on these stages and these stages don’t need to be processed in order (www.ekrfoundation.org 2016). Denial and Isolation is when an individual begins to acknowledge the loss or death of a loved one and doesn’t want to admit that it’s actually happening. This is a normal reaction when individuals are experiencing overwhelming emotions. This is a temporary response that continues towards pain (www.ekrfoundation.org 2016). Anger is the next stage when the individual is starting to experience pain. This anger starts to be aimed at objects, strangers and friends and family. The anger that is faced is aimed at the individual who has died but we know it’s not their fault but it causes upset as the person has left, this then causes guilt which makes individuals angrier (businessballs.com 2016). Bargaining is when the individual needs to gain a sense of control this can be through feelings of helplessness or vulnerable. The

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